of Tennessee


Southern Cricket Frog

Pseudacris gryllus
Photo by Walter Knapp

Description: Southern cricket frogs (Acris gryllus) are 0.5 - 1.25 inches long. Their coloration varies, but they all have a dark triangle between the eyes, the skin is warty, and there is a dark clean-cut stripe on the thigh. The snout is pointed.

Habitat: They are found near semi-permanent bodies of water such as temporary ponds or ditches surrounded by grasses.

Life History: Females lay around 150 eggs in shallow ponds with vegetation. More than 1 spawning may occur in a year. Metamorphosis of tadpoles takes 2 - 3 months.

Range: They are found in southwest Tennessee.

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